Missing teeth? Ask our dentists about dental implants! This tooth replacement option restores your appearance as well as your oral health and function to give you back a confident smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a high-tech solution for replacing missing teeth, designed to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants replace your entire tooth, including the tooth roots, making them the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. This innovative approach not only helps in restoring the aesthetics of your smile but also in preserving oral health.

Implants consist of two main parts — the implant post that replaces the tooth roots and the implant restoration which caps the post and replaces the visible portions of the tooth. Implants are highly versatile, and this restoration could be a crown, bridge, or denture depending on your individual needs and how many teeth you are replacing.

The Dental Implant Process

The process of getting dental implants involves several key steps:

  • Initial Consultation: An evaluation by our dentists to assess your oral health, discuss your needs and develop a treatment plan.
  • Surgical Placement: The implant post is surgically inserted into the jawbone. This procedure is usually done under local anesthesia.
  • Healing and Osseointegration: After placement, a period of healing follows, which can last several months. During this time, the implant fuses with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration.
  • Abutment Placement: Once the implant has bonded with the jawbone, an abutment is attached to the post. The abutment serves as a connector for the final crown or dental prosthesis.
  • Restoration: The final step involves attaching the custom-made crown, bridge or denture to the abutment, completing the restoration of your smile.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer numerous benefits over other tooth replacement options:

  • Natural Look and Feel: Implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, enhancing both your smile and your chewing ability.
  • Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective solution in the long run.
  • Bone Health Preservation: Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, implants stimulate and preserve natural bone growth, helping to maintain the structure of your face and jaw.
  • Preservation of Natural Tooth Structure: Implants do not require altering adjacent teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does, preserving more of your natural teeth and promoting better long-term oral health.
  • Enhanced Comfort and Confidence: Implants eliminate the discomfort and insecurity that often come with removable dentures, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Regain Your Smile Today

Give JP Dental & Implant Center a call today to find out more about dental implants in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Brandon Wilcox or Dr. John P. Poovey.